So, since our last outing vs. Southampton, we now know the drill, if we didn’t before, that a decision on the permanent filling of the Head Coach has been pushed back until the end of the season and until then (at least), John Carver will be leading on team selection, team training, formations and tactics. Whether you or I think that, that is good, bad or indifferent, is largely irrelevant, that’s what’s happening. At least it’s ‘out there’ officially and we know where we stand.
What Pardew left behind, in terms of a squad, had areas that needed improving. You don’t need me to remind you that centre half, centre midfield and centre forward are areas where we’re light on Premier League, quality even if the back of the programme suggests we’re fine on quantity.
What happens between now and Monday night, is anyone’s guess. Lee Charnley spoke recently about trusting the club to find replacements when players are sold, fine, but the window is coming to a close, it’s a brave man who thinks we could complete parts a) Player sale, and part b) player purchase in just 4 days, but, we’ll see. Obviously there are some players who I feel their careers need a loan move to progress and I’d suggest, Vuckic, Bigirimana, Good, Satka, Streete, Armstrong and Ferguson (if he’s fit) follow Campbell and Roberts, but the paucity of our CB options would suggest it would be crazy to loan out the 3 young defenders in that list at this stage.
Hull currently sit in 18th on 19 points, but have a better GD than many in the bottom 8. Their home form is, played 10, won 2 (Crystal Palace & Everton, both 2-0), Drawn 3, (WBA, Stoke, West Ham) and lost 5 to Leicester (1-0), Manchester City (4-2), Southampton (0-1), Swansea City (0-1) and Tottenham (1-2). Jelavic is their leading scorer with 6 goals, Diame has 4.
They’re yet to add to their numbers in the January window, although Hatem Ben Arfa’s loan deal was cut short.
Alex Bruce, James Chester, Liam Rosenior, Andy Robertson and Mohamed Diame, Robert Snodgrass miss out and there’s a doubt over Sone Aluko. Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez should both return from injury.
Apparently, De Jong, Ryan Taylor, Elliot, Obertan, Santon and Abeid are all back in training and some of them are in contention for Saturday. Also, Papiss Cisse’s Senegal have been knocked out of the African Cup of Nations and he may arrive back in time for our trip to Humberside.
Paul Dummett’s exit vs. Southampton hinted at a hamstring problem, so with Haidara and Santon available, I’d expect him to sit this one out.
Carviola, his intimated that he has a couple of tweaks in mind for how he wants United to play under him, we’ll see what comes of that.
The back probably picks itself, as does the midfield unless Sammy Ameobi is preferred in one of the wide positions. Up front, depends on when/if Cisse does make it back
Ryan Taylor – Knee – Stoke
Siem De Jong – Groin – Stoke
Paul Dummett – Hamstring – Stoke
Rolando Aarons – Hamstring – Manchester City
Steven Taylor – Achilles – No Return date
Jak Alnwick – Shoulder – No Return date
Cheick Tiote – Ivory Coast
Possible Team (4-2-3-1)
1.Tim Krul: 2. Daryl Janmaat, 5. Mike Williamson, 6. Fabricio Coloccini, 3.Massadio Haidara: 8. Vurnon Anita, 4. Jack Colback: 7. Remy Cabella, 10. Moussa Sissoko, 11.Yoan Gouffran: 9. Ayoze Perez
Rob Elliot, Davide Santon, Mehdi Abeid, Sammy Ameobi, Gabriel Obertan, Remi Streete, Papiss Cisse,
Referee: Phil Dowd
League History at Hull City
1989/90 Won 3-1. United, under The Bald Eagle were making a decent fist of getting an instant promotion campaign underway. Mick Quinn was the man in form, ably assisted by the mint, John Gallacher. Mark McGhee had been a major summer acquisition but had yet to find the net. That would change at Boothferry Park. He, John Anderson and Gary Brazil continued the good start. Attendance, 9,629
1990/91 Lost 2-1 The wheels of another decent start had started to come off after a defeat at Bristol City, we’d go on a run of just 1 win in 12. On the plus side, we’d get to see former Cadbury’s sales man and Berwick Rangers striker (yes, we used to sign players from Berwick Rangers back than) in our side. McGhee with our consolation goal here. Hull would finish bottom, but beat us twice. This was a grim campaign. Attendance, 8,375
2008/09 Drew 1-1 Time was running out for us to click into gear and nail survival. Kinnear had taken ill and we were back in the hands of Hughton. Steven Taylor’s equaliser earned us a point, but this was a poor showing and many fans who left the stadium, feared they’d seen a side certain to face the drop. Attendance, 24,914
2013/14 Won 4-1 One of the rare victories throughout last season’s terrible, post X-mas run, was this 4-1 win over The Tigers, Pardew and Meyler made all of the headlines though. Attendance, 24,903
City Independent here
Amber Nectar here
Hull City Mad here
Some paper back stuff here here
Jelavic and Hernandez
A draw, 1-1
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